Cozy Applesauce Pancakes

This applesauce pancakes recipe comes out moist and cozy-spiced! Using fruit puree makes for the perfect fluffy flapjacks.

Applesauce pancakes

“These are the best pancakes you’ve made.” That was Alex’s feedback on this Cozy Applesauce Pancakes recipe, to my pleasant surprise! I’m the pancakes recipe writer around here: from vegan pancakes to Greek yogurt pancakes to lemon blueberry pancakes. This time, it was a jar of applesauce that inspired me. What to do with leftover applesauce? Make pancakes, of course! This fruit puree makes the ideal soft and moist texture for flapjacks. They’re perfect for a cozy breakfast…and easy enough for anyone (especially kids!).

Ingredients in applesauce pancakes

These applesauce pancakes were inspired by a jar of applesauce in our fridge we bought to make these iced applesauce cookies. (Side note: they’re a total must try!) The pancake version of these cookies has a similar set of ingredients: the normal cast of characters you’d expect for applesauce pancakes.

  • Applesauce: store-bought or homemade!
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon & allspice (optional)
  • Baking powder
  • Light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • Kosher salt
  • Egg
  • Neutral oil: like grapeseed oil, organic canola oil, or organic vegetable oil
  • Milk of choice

Tip: You can make homemade applesauce on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot!

Applesauce pancakes recipe

Can I use applesauce as an oil substitute? Or an egg substitute?

Applesauce is often used as an oil substitute in quick breads, pancakes, and cookies. Why? It can replace the moisture without the fat, yielding lower calorie and super moist baked goods. It’s also often used as an egg substitute for vegan baked goods and pancakes.

This applesauce pancakes recipe we designed as a normal pancakes recipe that also includes applesauce to add moisture and flavor. But want to use it as a substitute? Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute 1 tablespoon applesauce for the 1 tablespoon oil. Keep in mind this affects the texture: the pancakes will be less smooth and a little more cakey.
  • Substitute 1/4 cup applesauce for the 1 egg, with these caveats. Again, this affects the texture: the pancake will be more delicate and fragile. Keep this in mind when flipping them! In all honesty, we prefer our Eggless Pancakes if you don’t want egg, or using a flax egg to act as a binder.
Applesauce pancakes

How to cook applesauce pancakes…perfectly!

Cooking pancakes sounds like an easy task: anyone can do that! But honestly: it’s a place where many home cooks mess up. Cook them at too high heat, and applesauce pancakes will burn on the outside and be gooey on the inside. Here are a few tips for cooking these pancakes to perfection:

  • Low and slow is key! Set the heat on low, or only as high as medium low. Cook them slowly, and they’ll come out perfectly cooked on the inside and golden brown on the outside. Don’t worry if it feels like it’s taking a long time: the extra minute or two is worth it!
  • When to flip? When bubbles form and pop. Wait until bubbles form on the surface and start to pop. Trust us: this trick works every time!

Holiday variation: snowman pancakes!

Here’s a cute holiday variation you can make with these applesauce pancakes: turn them into snowman pancakes! We made these with our son Larson and he loved decorating them. Here’s how to make them:

  • Make 3 small pancakes for the snowman’s body.
  • Place powdered sugar in a fine mesh strainer and gently tap it to make snow.
  • Use raisins or blueberries for eyes and buttons, a carrot for the nose, and apple slices or pretzels for arms.
Snowman pancakes

Toppings for applesauce pancakes

Once you’ve cooked those beautifully golden pancakes: it’s time to top them! For us, we love simple toppings best. A drizzle of maple is all they need! But we’ve got lots of fancy ideas. Here are a few of our best toppings for these applesauce pancakes:

More recipes with applesauce

Want to make more with this popular fruit puree? There are so many great recipes to use up a jar! Here are our favorite recipes with applesauce:

Applesauce pancakes

This applesauce pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use the substitutes listed in the recipe below. For gluten free, go to Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
Applesauce pancakes

Cozy Applesauce Pancakes


1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (9 votes, average: 4.89 out of 5)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 medium pancakes 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This applesauce pancakes recipe comes out moist and cozy-spiced! Using fruit puree makes for the perfect fluffy flapjacks.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup milk of choice (2% or non-dairy milk)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, cinnamon, allspice (if using), baking powder, sugar, and kosher salt.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, oil, applesauce, and milk. 
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a smooth, thick batter forms. 
  4. Lightly grease a skillet with butter and wipe off extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet over low heat. Pour the batter into small circles (a little less than 1/4 cup each). Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden: low and slow is the key! Then flip them and cook until golden on the other side. 
  5. If necessary, add a tiny splash of milk to the batter. Repeat with the remaining batter, adjusting the heat as necessary (the skillet can get very hot on the second batch). Place the cooked pancakes under an inverted bowl to keep them warm. Serve immediately with maple syrup.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pancakes

Keywords: Applesauce pancakes

Subscribe for free weekly recipes & more!

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

6 Comments

  • Reply
    SOnia
    December 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Can I use this batter to make waffles?

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      December 21, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, I think it would work well!

    • Reply
      Deborah
      February 22, 2021 at 11:53 am

      did you try it for waffles? Did you have to adjust the recipe?

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    December 21, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Thanks!

  • Reply
    James McNulty
    December 28, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Looks good but Instruction #2 does not make sense to me. Do you add the milk when beating the applesauce and egg, or do you beat the applesauce and egg and then add the milk?
    Or does it make any difference?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      December 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Sorry, typo! The instruction is updated: you just whisk all the wet ingredients together. Thank you!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.